YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED AND EFFECTIVE CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER TO ENSURE YOUR RIGHTS TO TIME WITH YOUR CHILDREN
Most fathers take their parenting responsibilities very seriously. We salute you! 97% of fathers believe that, despite the costs and hard work it takes to raise children, it is absolutely worth it. We are ready to help you fight to establish or maintain your parental rights and custody.
Divorce is a difficult process for any family. Knowing that divorce is the right choice for you does not make it any easier, particularly when children are involved. A dispute over the custody of your children ups the ante and can make the entire process even more difficult. If that is your situation, you need a skilled child custody attorney who will fight for a fair parenting plan and work with you to achieve your parenting goals. At Divorce Lawyers for Men, we believe that fathers should not have to settle for a secondary role in raising their children. We fight aggressively for fair treatment and fathers’ rights in custody.
Laws are changing and society is clearly more receptive to men having joint or full custody of their children. However, statistically, in the U. S. only 18% of fathers receive full custody of their children in divorce. That means that the courts and the parties to a divorce are still inclined to follow an old-school more traditional form of custody, with the mother being named the primary custodian. It does not have to be that way. With the help of an aggressive child custody lawyer there are many circumstances where you can establish full or joint legal custody.
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: DO NOT BE AFRAID TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS AS A FATHER
Many fathers do not fight for custody of the children because they assume the court will favor the mother. Divorce Lawyers for Men Child Custody Lawyers reject that notion. If you are the best parent to care for your children, then you should have custody. The courts’ goal is to do what “is in the best interest of the child(ren). When having their father awarded joint or primary custody (residential placement) is in the best interest of the child(ren), it is important that the father fight for that right. It is important to you and to the well-being of your children. Retain a skilled child custody lawyer to help you establish your rights as a father.
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: ACT DECISIVELY ON TEMPORARY CUSTODY ORDERS
Custody decisions happen quickly and early in the divorce process. Once the petition is filed, there will be a hearing when a judge will issue a series of temporary orders, including granting temporary custody of the children, a temporary parenting plan, and temporary financial arrangements, to be in place until the final divorce decree is entered. These “temporary” orders are crucial in the final determination of custody and parenting plans. These temporary orders must be approached aggressively and strategically in order to position yourself for the best outcome in final decisions on custody. You need an experienced child support lawyer to guide you through this process successfully.
Many men do not realize the importance of these early temporary orders or that the final custody and parenting plans are usually modeled off the temporary orders. They may not move quickly enough to have the court designate them as the primary custodial parent, or they may errantly “temporarily” concede a primary parenting role to their spouse; not realizing that doing so leaves them at a huge disadvantage for the outcome on final custody and parenting orders. However, if you are granted custody in temporary orders, you are in a superior position to be awarded permanent custody, or more generous custodial time, in the finalization of your divorce.
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE ON THE OFFENSE RATHER THAN THE DEFENSE WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO GET PRIMARY CUSTODY OR STRONG VISITATION RIGHTS
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: HERE ARE SOME OF THE RISKS OF NOT HAVING A SKILLED, AGGRESSIVE, AND EXPERIENCED CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER FIGHTING FOR YOUR RIGHTS
Think seriously about what kind of relationship you want to have with your children during and after your divorce. Then choose a skilled child custody lawyer to help you achieve your goals.
With no representation or unskilled legal representation you risk:
- Not getting or losing custody of your kids.
- Mothers get custody nearly 82% of the time.
- Too many fathers agree to relinquish or minimize their parental rights without a fight.
- You are going to see less of your kids.
- 29% of non-resident fathers only see their kids 1 to 4 times a month.
- 22% of non-resident fathers only see their kids a couple times a week
- 27% of non-resident fathers never see their kids again after divorce
- You are going to miss out on the little things.
- Only 10% of non-resident fathers are responsible for picking their kids up after school or helping with homework.
- Only 16% of non-resident dads eat with their kids compared to 94% of resident dads.
- Less than 20% of non-resident dads read to their kids.
- Only 36% of non-resident dads say they play with their kids vs. 98% of resident dads.
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN DIVORCING IN WASHINGTON
Despite the fact that laws are changing, divorce is still often an uphill battle against antiquated attitudes that do not respect equal parenting rights for parents. It is important to have an advocate who will develop a strategic approach to ensuring your parental rights during divorce. At Divorce Lawyers for Men we fight to give men the best representation and to shift the odds in your favor.
Different states have different laws and terminology governing child custody. Here are some custody terms to become familiar with in preparing for your divorce or custody action in Washington:
- Primary custody is termed “Residential Placement.” It designates the parent with whom the child will live most of the time.
- “Residential Schedule” is the visitation schedules which are detailed in a parenting plan; days, weeks, holidays and times each parent will have the residential care of the child(ren).
- “Temporary Orders” provide stability to the family relationship during the legal divorce process and set out a temporary residential schedule and child support, as well as other issues.
- A “Parenting Plan” is mandated by Washington State law. This is a legal document that spells out custody, visitation rights, the residential schedule, and other responsibilities of each parent. It is important to note that this law applies to all fathers, regardless of marital status (including married and single/unmarried fathers.)
- If the parents are unable to reach an agreement on a Parenting Plan, the court can use it’s discretion to award custody and visitation based on their judgment of what is in the best interest of the child(ren). The court may appoint a “Guardian ad Litem” (GAL) to help the judge gather information and determine what is in the best interest of the child(ren).
DLFM CHILD CUSTODY LAWYERS ADVISE: LET US HELP YOU DO WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR CHILD
We believe that fathers should have equal rights during and after divorce and we make it our business to fight for those rights. Do not try to fight an antiquated system on your own. Let us put our experience and skills to work for you. Contact Divorce Lawyers for Men for more information about our services and to discuss your particular situation. Talk to one of our Child Custody Lawyers today to start building your future with your children.